Trail Report

Winter storm watch! We are keeping an eye on the forecast with potential snow going into the weekend. We will groom select trails if enough snow and have the trails open for skiing if possible. There will be no services in the lodge, meals, or lodging. The trails will be open for skiing however if adequate snow.

Beautiful fall weather to start off November. Despite the dry and mild temps, we have been freezing many mornings keeping the water cold and the ground chilly.  It won’t take much to get in winter mode with the short days keeping the key elements for early season skiing set for the first snowfalls. Overall it has been a great fall at Maplelag for trail work and recreation. Good to see folks on the trail hiking, biking and on the water canoeing the past few months. We are clearing leaves from the trails and fine tuning, preparing for the first snows which won’t be long!

 

We added an extension of skaters waltz extension in October and also resumed work on new bike trail on the Maplelag property we started last fall a few weeks ago.

We have been busy on the trails this fall, clearing deadfall from the summer storms, mowing and have been clearing/blowing leaves off select trails. Trail clearing will continue right until the ground freezes and snow starts flying!

Earlier this fall we did bulldozer work on the north side, creating a second option for the start of Roy’s Run and also removing deadfall from the trails.

The mountain bike trails are closed until Thanksgiving week.  Full bike trail report

Fog peeling off Little Sugarbush, thanks to sub freezing temps. November 9th, 2016.
Fog peeling off Little Sugarbush, thanks to sub freezing temps. November 9th, 2016.
Ready for snow! Intersection of Poki Loki and Sap Run ski trails. November 7th, 2016.
Ready for snow! Intersection of Poki Loki and Sap Run ski trails. November 7th, 2016.

October 24th Trail Report Photos

Frosted scene near Twin Lakes crossing, October 24th, 2016.

Frosted scene near Twin Lakes crossing, October 24th, 2016.

 

Twin Lakes ski trail, October 24th, 2016

Twin Lakes ski trail, October 24th, 2016

Sun filtering through the forest fog Monday morning, October 24th, 2016

Sun filtering through the forest fog Monday morning, October 24th, 2016

Dressing the new innner loop on Skaters Waltz extension, October 24th, 2016

Dressing the new innner loop on Skaters Waltz extension, October 24th, 2016

Sunset over island on Island lake, October 23rd, 2016

Sunset over island on Island lake, October 23rd, 2016

Tamaracks included in the thousands of trees we've planted over the years. Glowing nicely near the ice rink, the only coniferous tree to change color each fall and loose its needles. October 18th, 2016.
Tamaracks included in the thousands of trees we’ve planted over the years. Glowing nicely near the ice rink, the only coniferous tree to change color each fall and loose its needles. October 18th, 2016.

October 16th Trail Report Photos

Oak trees holding on to fall color over the weekend

Oak trees holding on to fall color over the weekend

Blazing new trail off skaters waltz extension last week, adding another km of skate skiing options

Blazing new trail off skaters waltz extension last week, adding another km of skate skiing options

 

 

Local tamarack trees making their transition, the only coniferous tree to change color.

Local tamarack trees making their transition, the only coniferous tree to change color.

October 13th Trail Report Photos

Sunrise over Mulari lake near Twin Lakes ski trail, October 13th, 2016

Sunrise over Mulari lake near Twin Lakes ski trail, October 13th, 2016

First ice of the year on the edges of ponds and sloughs. October 13th, 2016

First ice of the year on the edges of ponds and sloughs. October 13th, 2016

Skinny field October 13th, 2016

Skinny field October 13th, 2016

Testing out new mountain bike trail east of Bullhead on Maplelag propety, October 12th, 2016.

Testing out new mountain bike trail east of Bullhead on Maplelag propety, October 12th, 2016.

End of Bullhead lake trail. October 13th, 2016

End of Bullhead lake trail. October 13th, 2016

Wood scene from a recently fallen deadfall. October 12th, 2016

Wood scene from a recently fallen deadfall. October 12th, 2016

Start of Mother North Star ski trail, October 10th, 2016.
Start of Mother North Star ski trail, October 10th, 2016.
Fall grooming on Skaters Waltz, October 5th, 2016.
Fall grooming on Skaters Waltz, October 5th, 2016.

October 3rd Trail Report Photos

Roy's Run ski trail, October 3rd, 2016

Roy's Run ski trail, October 3rd, 2016

New option on Roy's Run after fine tuning

New option on Roy's Run after fine tuning

Cleaning up new start on Roy's Run

Cleaning up new start on Roy's Run

October 2nd Trail Report Fall Color Photos

Loon Return Ski Trail

Loon Return Ski Trail

View towards the basketball court

View towards the basketball court

Lakeside lodge

Lakeside lodge

 

Twin Lakes ski trail

Twin Lakes ski trail

Mountain bike trail

Mountain bike trail

 

Fall color at the start of the Maplelag driveway, September 30th, 2016.

September 29th Trail Report Photos Fall Color

Skaters Waltz ski trail

Skaters Waltz ski trail

Skaters Waltz extension

Skaters Waltz extension

Mountain biking on nearby forest trail

Mountain biking on nearby forest trail

Jim heading out for fall grooming, September 29th, 2016.

Jim heading out for fall grooming, September 29th, 2016.

Sukkebusk September 29th, 2016

Sukkebusk September 29th, 2016

Afternoon clearing on Sap Run, September 29th, 2016.

Afternoon clearing on Sap Run, September 29th, 2016.

Afternoon sun lighting up the fall colors lakeside lodge. September 29th, 2016.

Afternoon sun lighting up the fall colors lakeside lodge. September 29th, 2016.

Fall color along Skaters Waltz Extension ski trail. September 27th, 2016.
Fall color along Skaters Waltz Extension ski trail. September 27th, 2016. Trail mowing and clearing will continue right up until the snow flies!
Beautiful fall color on the Maplelag driveway. September 26th, 2016.
Beautiful fall color on the Maplelag driveway. September 26th, 2016.

 

Beautiful fall morning as the leaves around the lodge hit their peak. September 26th, 2016.
Beautiful fall morning as the leaves around the lodge hit their peak. September 26th, 2016.

September 26th Trail Report Photos

Fall scene on the Maplelag driveway before the weekend

Fall scene on the Maplelag driveway before the weekend

Slope near the end of the Maplelag driveway that always provides nice early fall color

Slope near the end of the Maplelag driveway that always provides nice early fall color

Skaters Waltz ski trail Sunday afternoon. Nice mix of green and first fall colors on the ski trail right now.

Skaters Waltz ski trail Sunday afternoon. Nice mix of green and first fall colors on the ski trail right now.

Fall color on the mountain bike trail

Fall color on the mountain bike trail

 

Early Fall 2016 Photos

Still morning on Little Sugarbush after rain showers passing through. September 16th

Still morning on Little Sugarbush after rain showers passing through. September 16th

Early fall color in the switchyard

Early fall color in the switchyard

First frost of the year, September 15th.

First frost of the year, September 15th.

New trail work at the start of Roy's Run. Option for steep hill bypass in beginning. Both options will be groomed.

New trail work at the start of Roy's Run. Option for steep hill bypass in beginning. Both options will be groomed.

Cat work on Roy's Run

Cat work on Roy's Run

Cleaning out a corner on Roy's Run

Cleaning out a corner on Roy's Run

Filling in a low spot

Filling in a low spot

"snow fungi" in the woods. September 18th. Sign of good snow this year ?!?!

"snow fungi" in the woods. September 18th. Sign of good snow this year ?!?!

Gorgeous fall sunrise and rare rainbow before rain. September 20th.

Gorgeous fall sunrise and rare rainbow before rain. September 20th.

Beautiful fall evening, September 22nd

Beautiful fall evening, September 22nd